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Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Ruel Reid

Reid urges teachers to find creative methods to teach math

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid is challenging teachers to find new and creative ways of teaching mathematics to students, including the incorporation of technology.

"Don't be afraid of technology; don't feel, necessarily, that you are less of a person if you use the technology to aid the current process," he said following the Jamaica Public Service (JPS)/Marubeni Caribbean Power Scholarship Awards ceremony last Thursday at the JPS offices in New Kingston.

He informed that approximately 70 mathematics coaches have been placed in schools to assist teachers, and "we look forward to, over time, put in specialist maths teachers in the primary system".

He urged teachers to excite and motivate their students to learn. "Learning needs to be fun ... . If we are going to make sure that our students master mathematics, the teaching has got to be fun as well. We can't, therefore, approach it in such a way where they lose interest," he said.

Hanover Educational Institute gets grant from Japan

The Hanover Educational Institute has received a $10-million (US$82,986) grant from the government of Japan, through the Grassroots and Human Security Project, towards the construction of a hospitality training facility.

Japan's Ambassador to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano, and principal of the Hanover Educational Institute, Angela R. Haye, signed the grant agreement during a ceremony held at the ambassador's residence on Paddington Terrace last Thursday. The new facility, to be built on the grounds of the Institute, will entail a dining room, one classroom with a computer room, kitchen, bar/event area, and male and female restrooms.

State minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, said the administration is grateful for the significant contribution that the Japanese government has been making to the country in various areas.

He noted that the Grassroots and Human Security Project has helped to empower many Jamaicans.

Holness urges UWI to develop its real estate

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, to look at developing its real estate as part of a university township programme that could accommodate business process outsourcing (BPO) operations.

With the projected continued growth in the industry, which also offers knowledge and information technology outsourcing, Holness said the development would create jobs for students to assist them in meeting tuition and housing costs, as well as provide a pool of personnel for the BPO sector.

The prime minister, who was addressing the annual banquet of the Elsa Leo-Rhynie Hall, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel last week, said the Government will be willing to assist in such a venture.

"If we can build the infrastructure to support BPO operations ... then what we would have started is the very kernel of a university town. I say, let us work together to develop this concept of a university township. I think it is a viable project and I personally will be dedicating time to it to ensure that it becomes a reality," the prime minister said.

Retired public servants honoured

Thirty-two retirees of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries were recently honoured for a combined 878 years of public service.

The honourees, who were attached to various divisions, were recognised for service ranging from eight to 40 years.

Each person received a commemorative plaque and gift during a special ceremony held recently at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.

Topping them was the senior gardener in the Public Gardens Division, Julius Parke, who served for just over 40 years.

Another retired gardener, Leonard Buchanan, was among four honourees recognised for 39 years of service.

The others included artificial insemination technician in the Veterinary Services Division, Morris Fenton; senior secretary, Human Resource Management and Development Division, Sharon Forbes; and deputy food storage officer, Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation, Martin Townsend.

Another senior gardener, Keith O'Haro, was recognised for 38 years of service, while research assistant in the Research and Development Division, Leroy Davis, was awarded for 37 years.